Youth/Junior World Championship Athlete List- Candidates

Good Evening Everyone!

Below is an email from Sara Studebaker at USBA regarding the list of candidates for the US Youth and Junior World Championships.

I believe it is self explanatory , but if you have any questions please get in touch with me. If you are not on the list and wish to be, also get in touch with me.
Bill Meyer, Coach
MNBiathlon


Dear Coaches,

As you know, Youth and Junior World Championship Trials have been cancelled and a discretionary selection process has been set forth and approved (more info here, if you missed it). The initial list of athletes for consideration to the Youth/Junior World Championships Team has been posted. If you have athletes that should be on this list and are not, please email Tim Burke (tburke@usbiathlon.org). Additions and changes to the list must be received by Jan. 23 at 11pm ET.

Please note that ALL ATHLETES ON THE LIST, including those added now, must fill out the form agreeing to the USBA Covid Travel policies. The form can be found at the link below. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Tim, Danika or me.

https://www.teamusa.org/US-Biathlon/News/2021/January/11/YJWCH2021-consideration-list

Thank you,
Sara


Sara Studebaker-Hall
U.S. Biathlon
Director of Operations
208-340-5489

Midwest Regional Race at Blackhawk near Madison WI, Jan 16/17, 2021

Below please find the Invitation to the first Midwest Regional Race to be held at the Blackhawk Ski Area near Madison WI on the 16th and 17th of Jan, 2021. Signup information is below and please note: You must sign up online!

I really hope we can get a good turnout from MN. The results from these races will be sent in to USBA for consideration along with other results from Dec and Jan as to selection for the US Team to the Youth and Junior World Championships.
Hope you can make it!!
Bill Meyer, Coach

On Saturday and Sunday, January 16th & 17th, Blackhawk Ski Club will host the second set of WI Biathlon races of the 2020/2021 season! These will be USBA Midwest Regional Open Biathlon races for USBA safety certified athletes.

Note that you must register for these races online prior to Noon on Friday, January 15th. Due to COVID-19 restrictions and other practical issues, there will be no same-day registration. All Open race participants are required to supply their own rifle and ammunition unless you make prior arrangements with one of the race organizers.

No fees will be collected online during the registration process so we have no concerns if you register for the race but are unable to attend the race for whatever reason. Please register online immediately if you have even the slightest thought of racing!

Note four important points:

  1. No same day registrations will be offered on Saturday or Sunday. Register online at Webscorer before Friday, January 15th or do not race.
  2. Arrive with your USBA membership current (see below) or do not race.
  3. Read and understand the COVID-19 adaptations in the Webscorer event announcements below. If these are unacceptable to you in some way, do not race.
  4. Do not attend the race if you have, or recently have had, flu symptoms and/or a fever.

Important: For the OPEN races, athletes 15 and over (calculated on 31 Dec 2020) must select the 10K “Distance” (7.5K for females entering the Saturday Sprint race) of the race when registering online with Webscorer and athletes 14 and under must select the 2.5K (Saturday) and/or 4K (Sunday) “Distance”.

Register for the Saturday Open races at the Webscorer link below.
Blackhawk 2.5K, 7.5K, 10K Interval Start Biathlon | Event registration | Webscorer

Register for the Sunday Open races at the Webscorer link below.
Blackhawk 4K, 10K Interval Start Biathlon | Event registration | Webscorer

For Open racers, the USBA membership number entry is optional in Webscorer, please enter your membership number if you are a Competitor level USBA member. If you are not a USBA member, arrange your USBA Member-for-a-Day purchase in advance of race day. Annual USBA memberships expire in October every year so be sure to renew your membership for this season, if necessary.

Biathlon liability insurance is provided by the USBA for race participants so USBA membership is mandatory on race day.

The links to USBA membership options are on the Webscorer registration page.

When you complete your online Webscorer registration, it is important to email the registration to yourself as proof that you are registered properly in case of last minute IT issues with the Webscorer web site.

Important: After registering on Webscorer, scroll down the Webscorer page to verify that your registration was accepted by Webscorer (and to access the “email to self” option).

Bib exchange and race fee payment will take place at the Biathlon Range Shelter according to the times posted in Webscorer. Here are the materials that are required for the bib exchange on race day:

  1. Online registration printout (email to yourself by scrolling down after “Submitting” your online registration)
  2. Exact cash or check payment (to “Blackhawk Ski Club”, see fee schedule on Webscorer registration page)
  3. USBA Red Book (received at your USBA safety training class) (Open Racers Only)
  4. USBA Membership Card (if you are a Competitor member of USBA)
    OR
    Online USBA receipt confirmation (online at USBA web site)

Volunteers are needed to facilitate the running and scoring of the race.

I look forward to seeing you at Blackhawk!
Best regards,
Mike Larsen
WI Biathlon

Proposed weekend schedule from Mark Torresani

After receiving comments the below race format and schedule is proposed. I will work with Mike Larsen to get the sign up for races live on Webscorer. All races will be in a time trial fashion due to Covd restrictions with approximately 30 seconds between racers at the start.

Saturday January 16th
10:00 AM Set up and Registration [payment!] See note above!! Must sign up online!
11:00 Sight in U15, U19, U22
12:00: Sprint U19 and U22, 7.5K Women, 10K Men, PS
1:00, Sprint U15, 2.5K, 75M penalty lap PP (first prone shooting on standing target)
1:30 Masters, Seniors: site in/zero
2:15: Masters, Seniors, 10K PS
4:00 4K 4 person “fun” relay, PPSS (two skiers shoot prone, two skiers shoot standing, with 3 extra rounds for misses for all racers) 30 second penalty for missed targets. Battle for Paul Bunyan’s Rifle?

Sunday January 17th
8:00 AM Set up and Registration
9:00 Sight in U15, U19 ,U22
10:00 U19 & U22, 10 K PPSS
11:00 U15, 4K PPPP, 75M penalty (two prone on standing targets and two prone on prone targets)
12:00, Seniors, Masters Site in/zero
12:45 Seniors, Masters 10K PPSS
2:00 Awards

Interesting Links

One of our newest members, Ryan, found these two on line. With our newfound time again for most, it is worthwhile reading through the Coach’s doc especially for those in Coaching positions!!  Actually Art Stegen in NY, Marc Sheppard in West Yellowstone, and I collaborated on this about 10-15 yrs ago. There is a newer Coach’s document out by USBA, but this covers the basics like taking a shot and rifle fitting in more detail. Also note, since this was written, I have found a 4 week training cycle with an easier 2nd week works better than stepping up the load 3 weeks in a row then recovery. Kind of a mini recovery week in #2 and a bigger one in #4. The principles of load and recovery then supercompensation are still valid!! You won’t improve your fitness without that supercompensation!!  The youtube clip is interesting also!! 

Bill Meyer, Coach
MNBiathlon

I found a coaches handbook online from the USBA that I’ve been reading through, attached below. I’ve been enjoying learning about the technical aspects of the sport and it’s been helpful to mentally prepare myself for firing posture, sequence and cadence.
I also found a great video explaining how biathlon came to be. https://youtu.be/14NTlDvmzyc

Best wishes, Ryan

Elk River Roller Ski Race – Sun, Sept. 20th, 2020 – PHOTOS

Photo set from Brian Wray from Sunday’s race: https://photo.wrocket.org/2020/september_elk_river_biathlon/
 
Feel free to forward as appropriate. Thanks again for coming!
 -Brian

Awesome pictures, Brian!! Thank you so much for doing that, along with starting, timing, signing and all the other things you do!!
Bill Meyer, Coach
MNBiathlon

“Virtual” Biathlon Summer Nationals 2020

Now is your chance to compete head to head with other biathletes from Canada and the US. See the note below from Danika Frisbie, with USBA, for the “virtual” summer biathlon competition August 3 to 9. Lets show what the Midwest has in numbers of biathletes and what we can do. All age groups and abilities encouraged to participate. Sign up and instructions are below in Danika’s emial. The competition consists of a 3K run on a track and the American shooting test.

Lets have some fun with this!

Please pass this note along to others that may be interested.

Mark Torresani
USBA Midwest Coordinator

Virtual North American Biathlon Summer Nationals 2020

Coaches and athletes,

Here is an opportunity for you to compete from your home training grounds at a national level.

While it’s not the same as Jericho, we hope this alternative competition format will give athletes in all stages of development a chance to challenge themselves against peers across the U.S. and Canada while head-to-head opportunities remain limited.

Registration is online at: www.skireg.com/virtual-biathlon-summer-nationals. There is no cost to compete. A summary of the competition format is below; see attachment for further details.

To compete, you should be an active athlete or coach member of U.S. Biathlon or Biathlon Canada.

Let’s do this! Best regards, Danika & U.S. Biathlon Staff

The Competition

The competition is to achieve the fastest overall combined time from a 3000m running time trial and an American test executed to completion. A 15 second time penalty will be added to the overall time for each missed target in the American test.

3000m time trial
+ American test (P,S,P,S)
+ 0:15 seconds per penalty
= total competition time

This format allows us to best mimic elements of biathlon competition with standardized, repeatable components that can be completed from any track or range in the county.

U15 athletes will follow a shorter format. All other competition categories will use the format above. The competition categories are: U15, U17, U19 (Youth), Junior, Senior, Open Masters, Grand Masters.  See competition rules for details and competition category guidelines.

How it works

  1. Sign up to participate at www.skireg.com/virtual-biathlon-summer-nationals. You will be sent a link to an online form to submit your results.
  2. Plan sessions between August 3-9th to complete your competition segments.
  3. Compete! Get a coach, training partner, or friend to time an American test for you, and head to the track to complete a 3000m time trial. The tests do not need to be completed on the same day.
  4. Submit your run time and your American test results by August 9th at 4:00pm EDT using the online entry form sent to you.
  5. Results and awards will be announced on August 10th, and the traditional Jericho race socks will be mailed to all North American competitors!

Details on competition format, categories, and instructions are provided below. Please do your best to follow the competition rules! Though we cannot guarantee standard conditions were met for every competition entry, we trust that everyone entering this event will participate in the spirit of a fair and honest competition. Do your best!

Other ways to celebrate biathlon

  • All competitors will receive a pair of race socks from “the summer nationals that never was” thanks to the generous spirit of Ethan Allen Biathlon Club.
  • Design the socks for this year’s competition in our sock design contest!  Submit your designs to Danika Frisbie at dfrisbie@usbiathlon.org by August 1, 2020 using the template attached to this guide. Socks are produced by Save our Soles knitting in Colorado.
  • Share photos of you and/or your teammates competing! Use the hashtags #usbiathlon, #biathloncanada, and #jericho2020.

MN Biathlon Annual Membership

Good Morning!

Attached please find the annual MN Biathlon Membership form for this training year. This is due each spring—US Biathlon membership is due in Oct each year.

While many athletes from the Twin Cities area are using the range at Elk River periodically, at this point we have been unable to organize weekly coached practices. I do anticipate I will be down once every couple of weeks, and we will hopefully have a camp there in June along with 4 summer races scheduled there. We will send notices and invitations out as those get closer to fruition.

As to everyone across the state, if you plan to lease a rifle from MN Biathlon this year—and I have talked to most of those folks recently, you do need to be a MN Biathlon member even if you belong to one of the subsidiary clubs.

Thanks for your interest in Biathlon!
Bill Meyer, Coach